California Split (1974)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Spelling Goldberg, Won World.  Screenplay by Joseph Walsh.  Cinematography by Paul Lohmann.  Produced by Robert Altman, Joseph Walsh.  Production Design by Leon Ericksen.  Costume Design by Hugh McFarland.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown, Lou Lombardo.  Compulsive gambler George Segal plays poker at a gaming venue where he meets motormouthed…

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Ocean’s 8 (2018)

GARY ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Rahway Road Productions, Smokehouse Pictures.  Story by Gary Ross, Screenplay by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Eigil Bryld.  Produced by Susan Ekins, Steven Soderbergh.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by Sarah…

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

MARK HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Israel/Australia/USA, 2014.  Fury Productions, RatPac Documentary Films, XYZ Films.  Screenplay by Mark Hartley.  Cinematography by Garry Richards.  Produced by Veronica Fury, James Packer, Brett Ratner.  Music by Jamie Blanks.  Film Editing by Jamie Blanks, Sara Edwards, Mark Hartley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. They’re described as the Weinstein Brothers except without any taste, which should sum…

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Capricorn One (1977)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1977.  Associated General Films, ITC Films.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Paul N. Lazarus III.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by James Mitchell.   A rocket ship launches in full view of an excited audience, its mission after sixteen years…

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Altman

BBBB (out of 5) Ron Mann gives a wonderful overview of the career of filmmaker Robert Altman, the American auteur who reached his height at a time when the notable artists of singular vision were coming from Europe. Altman got involved in screenwriting and directing after serving in World War II, making industrial films before a…

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The Muppets Take Manhattan

BBBB (out of 5) The Muppets are back, and this adventure is just as delightful as the previous ones. The cute and adorable puppet-marionettes have decided to stage their own Broadway show, and so head off to New York with dreams of making it on the Great White Way. When they get there, they must…

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Bugsy

BBB (out of 5) Thoroughly overrated gangster movie tells the true story of Benjamin Siegel (Warren Beatty) and his dream to build Las Vegas. Beatty, after years of being criticized for his placid, overly subtle performances, decided that this project was the perfect vehicle to show off a little more energy, and that he does….

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American History X

BBBB (out of 5) Powerful film tackles racism in America without flinching for a second. Edward Norton plays a young man being released from prison after having murdered two men while being involved in a white supremacist group. Now that he is coming home, his family implores him to help save his younger brother (Edward Furlong)…

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

BBBB (out of 5) Natalie Wood and Robert Culp play a married couple who attend a group therapy retreat session as research for one of Culp’s documentaries. They find the experience of being with honest and frank people so powerful that they decide to start living it for real, telling their friends their feelings about everything…

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The Muppet Movie

BBBB (out of 5) The first of many big screen adventures that would bring Jim Henson’s loveably furry creations to the big screen, and possibly still the best of them. Fans of The Muppet Show will have a wonderful time finding out the origins of their favourite vaudeville revue, which begins with a banjo-slinging Kermit…

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Contagion (2011)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Arab Emirates, 2011.  Warner Bros., Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Double Feature Films, Digital Image Associates, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Scott Z. Burns.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Gregory Jacobs, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   A business…

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Boys Life 3

BBB.5 (out of 5) Yet another collection of short films about life in the world of gay men, this time an improvement on the second installment (though still not as impressive as the first). The uneven lineup includes Inside Out by Jason Gould (son of Barbra Streisand), making the worst of the bunch as a…

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